The Long Beach community never fails to organize a slew of eclectic and entertaining events, with this week’s to-do list featuring the very first Beach Streets to be held after dark, the opening of a tattoo exhibit at the Pacific Island museum and an all-day music festival in the Zaferia District. And that’s not all.
The Glass Menagerie
Opening Friday at the Long Beach Performing Art Center, International City Theatre will present The Glass Menagerie, playwright Tennessee Williams’ American classic capturing the “fragility and stifled yearning of characters clinging to hope against the harsh realities of a rapidly changing world.” ICT’s John Henry Davis directs this autobiographical work.
The Glass Menagerie will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at. 2 p.m. through Sept. 9. For reservations and more info, call (562) 436-4610 or visit the website here.
The Long Beach Performing Art Center is located at 330 E. Seaside Way.
Island Ink, Tattoo Traditions of the Pacific
The latest exhibit organized by the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum focuses on historic tattoo practices of Pacific Islanders, including the rituals and meanings behind the designs. The opening reception is on Friday and requires an RSVP, with the exhibit open to the public starting Saturday and running through June 30, 2019.
The reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Please RSVP by calling (562) 216-4170. More info on the reception and events surrounding the exhibit can be found on the website here.
The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum is located at 695 Alamitos Ave.
Beach Streets Twilight
While past Beach Streets events have been geared toward cyclists, this iteration on Saturday is a more walkable one-mile stretch closed to traffic on Shoreline Drive, to be packed with two stages of live entertainment (MOVE, Jelly of the Month Club, Black Noise) family-friendly activities, light displays and more. If you planned on bringing the bike, still do so, as Pedal Movement will provide a valet and free bike decorating.
Beach Streets takes place 5 to 10 p.m. For more info on the route, where to park and more, visit the website here.
Open Studio Saturdays
Don’t have your own studio but need a place to work? Or maybe you do have a studio, but are seeking artistic company. The Cultural Alliance of Long Beach will host its Open Studio Saturdays this weekend to provide unstructured time for artists to work. If you plan on going, make sure to bring your own supplies, including an easel.
The studio is open from noon to midnight. Check out the Facebook event for more info here.
Cultural Alliance of Long Beach is located at 737 Pine Ave., Ste. B.
A Community Creating a Change
Organized by Centro CHA and led by Black Book Sessions, a nonprofit made up of street artists dedicated to inspiring young minds, this youth art contest and show will have live music, poetry readings, a graffiti battle and more on Saturday. This is the first time Black Book will be landing in Long Beach; guests can expect to see work by its members included in the show.
Black Book Sessions takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.
Admiral Kidd Park is located at 2125 Santa Fe Ave.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
If you haven’t seen Rocky with the Midnight Insanity Shadowcast you’re in for a ride this Saturday. Held weekly, the last Saturday of every month is Lingerie Night, with organizers encouraging attendees to show up in their “frilly things” for a chance to win prizes.
The event runs from 11:45 p.m to 2:45 a.m. For more info, check out the Art Theatre’s website here.
The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E. 4th St.
More than 20 bands (including Long Beach-based Devil Season) from Orange and Los Angeles counties will descend on the Zaferia District for the 3rd edition of this multi-venue event. Storied music venues, including Alex’s Bar and DiPiazza’s, will play host to these talented artists, with a free trolley to transport guests to and from locations.
Easy Friend has the earliest set at 11 a.m. at the Red Leprechaun with The Shrine to perform at 10 p.m. at Alex’s Bar. Make sure to check out the website here for all set times, lineup and more info.